|A mother, whose son in his 40s is on the missing Malaysian flight, arrives at the resettlement area at the Lido Hotel in Beijing, capital of China, March 8, 2014. A press conference will be held later in the hotel by the Malaysia Airlines. The Malaysian passenger plane carrying 239 people has lost contact with air traffic control in the early morning on Saturday on its way from Malaysia's capital Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. A total of 154 Chinese nationals were onboard the plane, including one infant and one from Taiwan. (Xinhua/Shen Bohan)
BEIJING, March 8 (Xinhua) -- Cries and tears grip a conference room at a Beijing hotel Saturday as dozens of relatives and friends wait anxiously for the news of their beloved ones aboard the missing Beijing-bound Malaysia Airlines aircraft.
A young woman wept aloud while a female friend hugged her tightly. An elderly mother cried with anguish over the unknown fate of her 40-year-old son.
Many relatives just sat on the floor. A woman leaned his head against a wall and looked deeply pained. She told Xinhua that her husband was on the plane and they had spoken by phone last night.
More relatives and friends are still en route to the Lido Hotel, hoping for an update on the MH370 flight from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to Beijing, which was carrying 239 passengers and crew, including 154 Chinese.
Contact with the flight was lost along with its radar signal at 1:20 a.m. Beijing time on Saturday when it was flying over the Ho Chi Minh air traffic control area in Vietnam.
The Boeing 777-200 aircraft left the Malaysian capital at 12:41 a.m. Beijing time on Saturday, and was expected to land in Beijing at 6:30 a.m. the same day, according to Malaysia Airlines.
Early Saturday morning, many waited at Beijing Capital International Airport (BCIA) before being told to go to the Lido Hotel to wait for further news.
Malaysian Chuang Ken Fei had been waiting for his two friends in Terminal 3 of BCIA when he said, "Staff at the airport told me the flight did not take off, but I can see from my mobile application that the aircraft was in the air."
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